descartesb4thehorse wrote:Hi Guys,
Got my acceptance yesterday. I fell in love with NM a few years back (I'm from WV originally and did UG in Chicago) and would love to start a life there. I probably won't get the chance to visit, so could anyone describe the campus life a little? I have a lot of friends in Santa Fe, which I know is ~an hour away.... I probably would live close to campus my first year, but does anyone commute? Not from SF in particular, but a halfway point would be nice. As long as my car holds, I could do 30 mins each way.
What's it like to get gov't jobs with a UNM degree? Ideally I'd like to make SF my home after graduation; anyone know how smoothly that transition would be especially for an out-of-stater with few law connections?
Thanks for any help!
Congratulations! The median house price in SF is $385,000, down from around $525,000 at the height of the housing surge. Of course, at $385,000, you are looking at an old house, 2 bedrooms and probably 1 bathrm, probably no garage, and a real fixer-upper. Lots of people commute between ABQ and SF and vice versa. Many are using the Railrunner train--which stops down at the main station, where you would transfer to a city bus. The advantage to public transportation is that you can read/study on the train/bus. It takes an hour by car to get into the main part of Santa Fe from I-25 & Tramway--that is with no speeding. You never know when an unmarked white pick-'em-up truck will have its lights dancing in your rear view mirror, either.
There is no halfway point (bet. ABQ & SF) to live, as you wouldl be miles from a gas station and grocery store. You could live in Bernalillo, a very small city north of UNM by 35-40 min depending on the time of day--where there is also a Railrunner station where you can park your car. But assuming you are in your 20s, you will want to live where the action scene is, and preferably within walking distance. You don't need to be spending unnecessary time commuting during 1L, when you really need to be studying. And study groups study into the evening often, and you really don't want to be driving I-25 to SF at night, to become a statistic at the wheel of a drunk driver.